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" And I have a message for the liberals and the defenders of the status quo: we're just getting started. "
" We believe in government involvement that leads to independence: good schools, quality roads and the best health care. "
" Texas has long been known as the nation's largest energy producer, but we are equally proud of our distinction as the nation's leading energy innovator. "
" Washington's insatiable desire to spend our children's inheritance on failed stimulus plans and other misguided economic theories have given record debt and left us with far too many unemployed. "
" And I think most people in this country want to see a president that's got the courage to say we're going to cut the tax burden, and reduce the regulatory climate, and we're going to get Americans working. "
" Armed and law-abiding citizens are a greater deterrent to violent crime than 1,000 laws passed by Congress. "
" In the rush to become all things to all people, the federal government has lost sight of its core responsibilities. As a result we're stuck in this frustrating paradox where Washington actually neglects things it's clearly supposed to be doing, while interfering in other areas where they are neither welcome nor authorized. "
" Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or 'the ability to vote with your feet.' If you don't support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol - don't come to Texas. If you don't like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don't move to California. "
" We are a resilient country. We've been through a Civil War; we've been through two World Wars. We've been through a Great Depression; we even made it through Jimmy Carter! We will make it through the Obama years! "
" Dark economic clouds are dissipating into an emerging blue sky of opportunity. "
" If you're looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that. He's destroying our economy. I'm a doer, not a talker. "
" Our view is that individuals and families can govern their lives better than bureaucrats. "
" The liberals think government exists to fix what's wrong with America. They find fault with our Constitution, our economic model and our core values. We disagree with the premise of their argument. We believe there's nothing wrong with America that an extra dose of freedom won't cure. "
" Let's make what Americans buy. Buy what Americans make. And sell it to the world. "
" Who can be against progress, after all? But it's a fraudulent use of the word - because for the Progressive, progress is marked not be how free you are, but how much government can 'do' for you. "
" Scouting ought to be about building character, not about sex. Period. Precious few parents enroll their boys in the Scouts to get a crash course in sexual orientation. "
" I want you to answer this question: Why should you settle for anything less than an authentic conservative who will fight for your views and values without an apology? Think about that. "
" Somebody has to tell the E.P.A. that we don't need you monkeying around and fiddling around and getting in our business with every kind of regulation you can dream up. You're doing nothing more than killing jobs. It's a cemetery for jobs at the E.P.A. "
" Americans want government that is leaner, more efficient, and less intrusive into their personal lives. "
" I mean, Dodd-Frank is strangling small community banks. It doesn't make any difference what the interest rate is. They're not - they're not going to loan the money because they can't make any money for one thing plus the cost of compliance. "
" There's places where a secure fence will work, and that strategic type fencing will work. But the idea that people can easily just stand up and say 'let's just build a fence' and be done with it and wipe our hands, and it's going to secure the border, that's not reality. "
" It's time to bring tough medicine to Washington. No longer will policy be set by K Street, it will be dictated by Main Street. "
" Admit it America - 2008 was our national 'oops' moment! "
" My deal is have a flat, simple tax. And - Americans want - Americans I hope - aspire to be - be wealthy. I hope they aspire to have a better quality of life. And we have this class warfare that's going on now. And I don't agree with that. I'm interested in people getting to work. "
" We need to stop apologizing for celebrating life. We need to stop apologizing for wanting to protect an individual's right to build a business. "
" Our party cannot be all things to all people. It can't be. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us so let's stop trying to curry favor with them. "
" Spreading the wealth punishes success while setting America on course for a greater dependency on government. "
" Let's stop this American downward spiral. "
" Our work is before us. It cannot be passed to future legislatures and must not be passed to future generations. May we boldly seize the moment with singular unity. And may we build a Texas of unlimited possibility. "
" As Americans, we realize that there is no taxpayer money that wasn't first earned through the sweat and toil of one of our citizens. "
" I don't want to look like Connecticut, no offense, I don't want to look like Oklahoma, I don't want to look like California. I want to be uniquely Texas. And that's not to diss anybody else. "